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Suns’ Devin Booker scores 52 on Pelicans, matching Wilt Chamberlain’s incredible record

The Phoenix Suns have made progress in their quest to escape the Play-In Tournament, and Devin Booker is a big reason why.

Booker dropped 52 points on the New Orleans Pelicans in a 124-111 win for the Suns on Monday night. He made 19 of 28 shots with nine assists and three rebounds, while also setting a new career-high in three-pointers with eight. Thirty-seven of those 52 points came in the first half. He was on fire.

This was the third straight game against the Pelicans in which Booker has scored at least 50 points. He dropped 52 points when the Suns and Pels last faced off on January 19. Before that, Booker hadn’t played against them since December 17, 2022, when he scored a whopping 58 points. According to Elias Sports, there is only one other player in NBA history to score more than 50 points in three straight games against the same opponent: Wilt Chamberlain.

Booker’s performance helped the Suns get a win they desperately needed. They trail the sixth-place Pelicans in the standings, and Monday night’s win helped them gain ground. They are now just one game behind in sixth place with fourteen to play – including another match against New Orleans on April 7.

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Booker’s 50 did more than just help the Suns. It also helped the Minnesota Timberwolves. All they needed to clinch a spot in the top six of the playoffs was a Pelicans loss on Monday, and Booker delivered. Maybe they’ll bring him a gift basket when they travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on Friday.

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